Saxton, Martha (nee Hoades) (1840-1906)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Transcription of Obituary in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Wenn

Mrs. Martha Saxton, wife of Mr. Arthur Saxton, of Hasland, Chesterfield, was born Dec. 13th, 1840, and died Dec. 24th, 1906. From a child she was religiously inclined and joined the church at fourteen years of age. She had then difficulty in meeting the financial obligations of membership but, recognising that God was her first creditor, never failed to do so. Our dear friend was always ready for every good word and work in the service of the church. Out of a box full of letters, one of which comes from far Jerusalem we may quote a few. Rev. W.A. Bryant: “Her whole life whilst we have known her has been a long practical example of doing good.” Rev. Samuel Barker: “She was one of the excellent of the earth.” Rev. Professor Humphries, M.A.: “A wide circle of friends regarded her with affection and esteem for her kindness of heart and graciousness of life.” S. Hilton, Esq., ex-mayor of Leicester: “So genial, hospitable, and thoroughly interested in Primitive Methodism.” John H. Hirst, Esq., Clerk to the U.B.C., speaks of “the high esteem in which she was held by all who could appreciate sterling worth, life-long integrity of purpose, and unselfish devotion.” Of Martha Saxton it may now be truly said,

“Life’s race well run; life’s work well done;
Life’s crown well won: Now cometh rest.”


Martha was born at New Brinsley, Nottinghamshire, to parents Isaac Hoades, a coal miner, and Elizabeth.

before her marriage, Martha gave birth to William Henry Hoades (1865-1891), who was a pupil teacher in 1881.

She married Arthur Saxton (1847-1917) on 24 June 1868 at North Wingfield, Derbyshire. Arthur was a coal miner (1871), mine overman (1881), and colliery manager (1891). Census returns identify two children.

  • Ellen (b1869) – a school teacher (1891); married William Henry Clayton, a chartered accountant, in 1897
  • Isaac Hoades (1871-1944)- a mining surveyor (1901); a company secretary (1911)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/745

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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